Also Known As: Feven Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: High
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Feven removal instructions
What is Feven?
Feven is a potentially unwanted application developed by Brightcircle Investments Limited. This browser add-on is distributed using fake downloads and deceptive free software 'download clients'. The software commonly installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent. Developers of this browser extension claim that it saves time and money whilst shopping online, and while such functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that Feven is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Therefore, you are advised not to use this browser add-on. After successful infiltration, this browser plugin causes various unwanted ads including intrusive coupon ads such as Jollywallet coupon ads, pop-up ads, and Ads not by this site when users visit online shopping websites. Clicking on these third party advertisements can result in privacy issues or installation of malware.
Moreover, Feven is known to track users' Internet browsing habits, and thus, the presence of this software on your system can lead to identity thefts. At time of research, this rogue browser extension was proliferated using fake Internet browser updates - displaying deceptive pop-up ads stating that the user's Internet browser is out-of-date. It then attempts to trick the user into downloading Feven. This browser plugin is not a virus or malware, however, having it installed on your Internet browsers can result in serious security and privacy issues. For these reason, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your computer.
Feven is similar to other ads, which generate potentially unwanted applications and are promoted using free software download clients. Examples include Storimbo, SurfEnhance, WonderBrowse, amongst many others. To avoid installation of this adware, Internet users should be attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a download client, inspect each download step and opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins by clicking the 'decline' button. Today, the majority of freeware download websites (including download.com, softonic.com, and many others) use download clients to monetize their free services, and thus, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections. If you observe 'Brought by Feven' ads when browsing the Internet, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.
Screenshot of a deceptive free software download promoting the Feven add-on:
- What is Feven?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Feven application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Feven add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Feven plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Feven extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Feven ads removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window look for "Feven", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Feven, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Feven ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Feven from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Feven", select this entry and click "remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Feven, reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Feven from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Feven", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue having problems with the removal of Feven add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Feven from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Feven".
If you have problems with removal of Feven, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Feven Ads is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Feven Ads distribution:
To avoid installation of Feven Ads be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Feven Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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